Q. How do I add tags in the new SJPL catalog?


Tags are words and phrases you can add to an item to describe it and make it easier to find. Tags are a great way to describe and find titles using natural language. You can tag anything: books, music, movies, fiction, or nonfiction. Sometimes, using tags is better than making a list, especially if the topic covers many items.

To get started, log in to the catalog and find a title you want to tag. Click on Add Tags, then type in tags for Genre, Tone, Theme, or Personal Use.

Tag Tips

  • A good tag is a short tag. Each tag should be only one word. Two words, if absolutely necessary.
  • Separate tags by commas when you type them in.
  • Add tags only for information not already in the title record. For example, no need to add fiction, but historical fiction is helpful.
  • Spelling counts, so try to use the same word each time you tag. The catalog suggests tags as you type.
  • Tagging in other languages helps non-English speakers find titles they’re looking for. The catalog will let you tag and comment in non-Western characters (Chinese, Russian, Arabic, Korean, etc.)
  • Search for items by tag using the search box at the top right. Choose Tag from the pull-down menu and type in a word or phrase.

Suggestions for Tags

Genre - What genre or subgenre does the item fall into? chicklit, romantic comedy, cozy mystery, police procedural, Christian fiction, Latino author, LGBTQ fiction, suspense, family saga, true crime, street lit, adventure, Cinderella stories.

Tone - Describe the feelings or experience of reading or watching this title: sad, funny, profound, meaningful, scary, 2-tissue-box, useful, biased, exciting, inspiring, riveting, thought provoking, full of errors, elegant, comprehensive.

Theme – Explore locations, themes or motifs, topics, character types and more: San Jose, perfect cookie, best friends, parent/child relationships, coming of age, books into movies, apocalyptic, girls’ night

For a Class or Study topic – Add tags like teacher's name, school, subject or course number. Share the tags with your class so they can easily find materials. Teachers: Library staff would be happy to help you create tags and lists for your class upon request.

For a book or movie group - Add tags like the book group name, year, and topic to each title in the theme section. Then search for those tags to find your items.

Personal - These are tags only you will see, so use whatever terms are useful to you.


  • Last Updated Sep 23, 2019
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  • Answered By Laurie Willis

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